Sterling Correctional Facility, Sterling, Colorado
August 7, 2018 (exact dates uncertain).
According to a letter from a prisoner received by Denver Anarchist Black Cross and shared anonymously, at least 10 prisoners begin a hunger strike and release a list of demands.
“Right now as I write you this myself, as well as 38 other men here in Sterling’s “MCC” (another name for Ad-Seg) are on 24 hour lockdown for 2 weeks and counting. Some have been on this lockdown for 3 months and counting. At the moment there are 10 engaged in a hunger strike and by the time you receive this letter that number will have doubled.”
The demands of the hunger strike:
#1.) End of group punishments. Especially the “off the record” policy known as “redtag” used at Sterling. This is in reference to Colorado’s prisons locking down entire groups for one person’s actions. And it is almost exclusively used to lockdown groups of Hispanic inmates, which can force anywhere between 20-100 Hispanic inmates to be held indefinitely in solitary (for no action of their
own) for months at a time. At any given moment.
#2.) Abolish solitary confinement, but especially as a punishment to retaliate against inmates who refuse to attend/participate in intel/ICC interviews.
#3.) C.D.O.C must comply with all parts of the settlement reached in
Decoteau v.Raemisch as well as adhere to the statements made by Rick Raemisch himself in a Oct. 2017 New York Times article and statements where he stated “solitary confinement and extended restrictive housing have been abolished in Colorado. No inmate will be held in RH [restrictive housing] longer than 15 days.”
#4.) Refund all inmates; money for outstanding subscription and GTL
Linkunit accounts due to tablets being recalled.
#5.) Expand educational programs to include some correspondence courses and programs to help build and strengthen family unity between inmates and their families in the outside world.
…this is our final hope at some sort of relief. It is powerful to witness men deprive themselves of the basic nutrients needed for survival in order to fight
oppression, especially when most of us are routinely labeled ‘most
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“Prisoners on Hunger Strike at Sterling Correctional Facility, CO”, Denver Anarchist Black Cross, August 17, 2018.